Welcome back to FX, Ryan Murphy!

It’s been a while since we had Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck) on FX . Now he returns to the channel with American Horror Story. The main premise has the Harmon family — Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton) and Violet (Taissa Farmiga) — moving into a new house, unaware that it is haunted. Also, Ben and Vivien are trying to salvage their relationship while Violet suffers from depression.

While American Horror Story is advertised as a horror-drama/psychosexual television series, I couldn’t help but laugh at certain scenes that felt a bit cliché or that reminded me of Glee at times. And I’m not really an expert on the horror field, but the pilot felt more weird, WTF-ish and fetish-esque rather than scary — it does fit its psychosexual hype, however.

Yet thanks to the weird, intriguing vibe of American Horror Story and the soundtrack, the pilot was somehow good enough (better than most of the pilots that recently premiered) to get me hooked into watching the next episode  It’s no Walking Dead by any means, but it can make up for some pretty fucked up television, and with Ryan Murphy’s mind, shit can happen.

The cast is pretty good. We got recent Emmy nominee Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Golden Globe winner Dylan McDermott (The Practice), Academy Award winner Jessica Lange (Blue Sky) and Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under). There’s also Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, Denis O’Hare and Jamie Brewer.

If you were skeptical about watching American Horror Story because of Glee, the show is closer to Nip/Tuck territory than the musical show. Let’s hope it gets better next week — based on the final minutes of the pilot, the hellacious ride has only begun.


YAM Magazine contributor, has a B. Sc. degree in Science/Pharmacy and is a very lazy person.

3 Responses

  1. amy says:

    The still you used there is hauntingly kinky. LOL

    I’m half/half with Nip/Tuck, though. It was great at times, outrageous but then it was just… too crazy. I know Murphy just goes out there sometimes, but I don’t think it fitted the show… at least for the type of show it was.

    • Rodrigo says:

      @amy, Murphy did the drama and psychosexual parts well and gets kinky on the pilot, but the horror part didn’t came across very well until a particular scene near the final minutes. He better upgrade the horror part soon because once Walking Dead premieres its second season soon, I expect AHS to get curbstomped by critics when compared of WD.

  1. October 1, 2013

    […] The pilot episode introduces the Harmon family — therapist Ben (McDermott), wife Vivien (Britton) and daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) — as they begin to settle into their new home and attempt to fix their strained relationships. But suddenly, their lives start to become a living hell. Not only do they have to deal with living in a haunted house packed with plenty of ghosts, but the house itself worsens the relationships between the Harmons. […]

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